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Day 363: Travelin’ Prayer, Billy Joel

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The opening song on Billy Joel’s Piano Man album was called Travelin’ Prayer. This is a particularly interesting song musically because it begins with a snare drum and piano and slowly builds with a new musical instrument being added from verse to verse. I really like the banjo in this song. Banjos of course very rarely make an appearance in a musical arrangement but in this song Joel very clever weaves the banjo and the piano together in a very fast melody song bursting with musical character and life. Another clever addition is when the violin enters the fray. I think the tempo in this live recording of the song is even faster than the original album track which is pretty impressive as the original recording was extremely fast.

Live Recording of Travelin’ Prayer

Album Recording of Travelin’ Prayer

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